Select Field Miscellany

 

Here are some Field stories
and
accounts over the years:

 

The de la Field Family

 

The Anglo-Norman de la Field
family can be traced back to the 11th century and an area called Colmar
in
Alsace Lorraine in northern France.
Their ancestral castle was positioned on a pass in the Vosges
Mountains.  Some ruins of the castle and
chapel still
remain.
These de la Fields crossed the
Channel.  Hubert de la Field was first
recorded in Buckinghamshire in the 12th century.  Simon
at Field moved to Sussex, giving his
name to Field Place where the poet Shelley was born.
John Felde was sheriff of London in 1454.They were to be found in Ireland from about
the year 1200.  There was one early line
at Glynsurd near Dublin and they were to be found at Corduff from the
14th
century.  They were also at Fieldstown in
county Meath and at various locations in county Monaghan.
These de la Fields in Ireland tended to
become Fields.
Related de la Fields at
Westcote and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire in England became Delafields.

 

The Fields of Pulloxhill Manor



For
generations the Field
men
of Pulloxhill manor tended
to marry late and often to much younger
women.
 In 1694
the age difference was about 15 years.
 In 1730
Thomas Field had his only son when he
was 36.
 John
Field died in 1759 aged 63 but his widow was still alive in 1787.
 Thomas Field married in 1840 when
he was about 63 and his bride 27 and his brother Charles married when
he was
about 40.
 In the
last direct generation, they left things a tad too long and none
of them married at all
.

 

 

Robert Field’s Ancestry


Robert Field was one of the
early English settlers in Dutch New York, having settled in Flushing in
what is
now Brooklyn by 1645.  He came from a
Yorkshire family in Sowerby which has been traced back to Christopher
Feld who
died there in 1509.  The line from him
ran to: 

  • John Feld who died in 1520  
  • Christopher Field who married Grace
    Gradeheigh and died in 1554  
  • William Field who married Susan Midgley and died
    in 1619  
  • and Robert Field who was
    fourteen when his father died and who came to America in 1630



Zechariah Field in
America

Zechariah
Field was the ancestor of a large proportion of the families of that
name, not only in New England but overall in the United States.
He was in Boston and Dorchester and moved thence to Hartford,
Connecticut, going through the wilderness to the Connecticut river
where he was one of the first settlers.

He
owned large tracts of land there, some of which are now in the heart of
the city of Hartford.  His residence was on Sentinel Hill, to the
north end of Main Street.

In
1644 dissensions arose in the church which could not be successfully
reconciled.  He, along with others of the early settlers,
purchased into some nine square miles of land lying north of Mount
Holyoke.  Field settled in the part now named Northampton.
In 1661 a grant was given to him in the part now known as Hatfield, to
which place he moved and passed the remainder of his days.

There
is no evidence that Zechariah Field the immigrant was related to John
Field, the Yorkshire astronomer. A later Field, Osgood Field, wrote:

 

“As
for the assertion in the pamphlet that John Field, son of the
Astronomer, had a son named Zechariah, and that William and John Field,
the early settlers of Rhode Island, were sons of William and grandsons
of the Astronomer, they are not entitled to the slightest credence, not
being supported by a shade of evidence.”

Daniel Field in Vermont

Daniel Field was born in Rhode Island and moved with
his family to Springfield, Vermont sometime in the 1770’s.
He
settled
in what
is now know
n as the
Field
Place, at
the mouth of Field
Brook,
and the family were living there at the time the Indians burned
Royalton
in 1780.  

He was
commonly called
“Quaker Field” from the fact that he always wore the Quaker style of
dress
even though
he was never a member of the sect. His word was always sacredly
kept. When the term of service of the Rhode Island troops was about to
expire
in the army, Washington went among them and personally besought them to
re-enlist, as it was the darkest time of the Revolution.
Daniel Field
would not enlist, but told Washington he would stay a month
longer.
 Washington
replied, with
thanks, saying
: “your
word is as good as your bond.”

While
her husband was absent working at the
forge in the winter to pay for the farm, Mrs. Field lived alone with
her two
children in the Vermont forests. Wild animals, especially black bears,
wolves
and catamounts, were the
re aplenty.  Once she
scared a
huge panther from her door and another time she heard the fierce howls
of what
proved to be a pack of wolves that came up to the yard near the house,
After a
half hour fighting with the oxen, the wolves galloped off and left them. 

Shortly her husband
returned. 
Daniel
carried on
blacksmithing in the shop on the brook until near the time of his
death.
 His son
Arthur followed the business after his
father’s death
in 1834.

 

Field and
Fields

The
Field/Fields divide in the UK is approximately 85/15 today.
Fields have been found primarily down the East Coast of England,
starting in Yorkshire and running through Lincolnshire into
Norfolk.  In the 1881 British census, the main place for Fields
was Sheffield.

In
the US, the Fields spelling is more predominant today, outnumbering
Field by roughly three to one.  Fields is proportionately stronger
in the South.

 

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